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Chapter 10. Mycology ~ The Fungi

Introduction[edit | edit source]

(Pycnoporus sanguineus)
Fruiting bodies of a bracket fungus on a Christmasberry log

The Fungi (singular is fungus) are a large group of organisms treated within the science of Botany, but not really "plants" in the usual sense of the term. The Fungi are ranked as a kingdom within the Domain Eukaryota. That is, they have eukaryotic cells with distinct nuclei, although in some species divisions between nucleated "cells" are sparse. However, they all lack chlorophyll, and the species are saprophytic, parasitic or mycorrhizal. Included within the Fungi are the well known mushrooms, but the group also includes many microscopic forms, and fungi inhabit every environment on earth, perhaps second only to the bacteria (Chapter 7) in distribution.

Structure[edit | edit source]


Be sure to read about and understand each of the following terms: basidium, hyphae, mycorrhizae, psilocybin

Botany Study Guide ~ Wiki Contents Table
Section II
Book Contents Page

Chapter 7 - Plant Systematics ~ :Chapter 8 - Microbiology ~ Chapter 9 - Algae
Chapter 10 - Fungi ~ Chapter 11 - Liverworts and Mosses
Chapter 12 - Ferns ~ Chapter 13 - Fern Allies ~ Chapter 14 - Conifers
Chapter 15 - Flowering plants I ~ Chapter 16 - Flowering plants II